Florida’s COVID-19 infection numbers are not looking good. The state has had so far 1.64 million positive COVID-19 infections and Florida has lost 25,163 people to the virus reports New York Times on January 24th, 2021
Florida responded to the increasing numbers and has already vaccinated over 1.3 million people, and over 150,000 of them has already received the second dose. Palm Beach county has vaccinated little over of 120,000 people and slightly over 7,000 of them has received the second shot (this stat valid on 1/22/2021).
The Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the executive order to determine the order for vaccination distribution.
“During this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID- 19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff;
- Persons 65 years of age and older; and
- Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
- Hospital providers, however, also may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-1 9”
This order was signed on December 23rd, 2020 and it is still valid. The discussion regarding vaccinating e.g. teachers or police officers has already started, whom are also in essential role in our society.
If you meet the criteria of receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, you can visit Florida Health website to find out where is the nearest vaccination site for you. Visit Florida Health input your county and you’ll see the updated list of the vaccination sites in your area. Some Publix Pharmacies offer the vaccine as well, however these locations do not currently show up on this list. You can view the full Publix Pharmacy Vaccination location list here. Once you know where you could receive the vaccine, you do have to make an appointment.
Did you know that you can also sign up to receive text message updates regarding COVID-19 vaccines? Text FLCOVID19 to number 888777 and you’ll receive a response asking for your zip code. Respond to the message with your zip code and you will start receiving COVID-19 vaccine updates of your area.